The Avon Athletic Association 5k Club Road Relay Championships were held on Sunday 31st August by members of North Somerset Athletic Club at Cleeve Cricket Club and 35 teams from the area’s clubs took part.
The route started around the King George V playing fields before winding around the lanes of Cleeve and Lower Claverham before returning to Cleeve along Bishops Road. Despite much rain in the previous week, Sunday was a beautiful day, creating a wonderful atmosphere for the event.
The day was dominated by teams from Bristol and West AC, as might be expected from a club that regularly wins medals at regional and national level, however there were some excellent performances from the North Somerset club who fielded 6 teams on the day.
The Senior Men’s “A” Team, comprising Josh Dixon, James Rodgers, Cameron Coetzee and Stuart Leaney, were in the lead at the halfway point but eventually came in an excellent 2nd place to Bristol and West, and take away the silver medals. James and Josh posted the second and third fastest leg times respectively. And congratulations to the Under 20 Ladies team, comprising of Kate Constable, Ellie Wallace and Katie Grinyer, who won their age category.
The development of the senior endurance team at North Somerset AC is now being widely recognised within the county and is testament to the quality of Steve Hollier’s coaching. Steve himself was running in the 2nd placed Male Over 50 team and his time of 19:15 was only 8 seconds slower than the fastest time in the category.
Many thanks go to Cleeve Cricket Club for the use of their facilities and to all the North Somerset AC members and their families for their support on the day. For a first time event, everything went extraordinarily well, with unanimously positive feedback from the runners, spectators and officials.
Senior Men: 1 Bristol and West AC 1:05:19, 2 North Somerset AC 1:06:46 (Josh Dixon 16:02, James Rodgers 15:56, Cameron Coetzee 18:02, Stuart Leaney 16:45), 3 Bristol and West AC “B” 1:08:20, 6 North Somerset AC “B” 1:12:52 (Alan Baker 17:44, Llewellyn Holmes 18:10, Steve Parker 19:38, Nicolas Saillard 17:20), 15 North Somerset AC Vets 1:23:34 (Steve Dixon 21:55, Phill Brookes 22:01, Steve Hollier 19:15, Jonathan Flower 20:23) (2nd Male Vet 50 team).
Senior Women: 1 Bristol & West AC 54:40, 2 Bristol & West AC “B” 56:48, 3 Westbury Harriers 59:19, 7 North Somerset AC U20 1:02:32 (Kate Constable 21:16, Ellie Wallace 20:15, Katie Grinyer 21:01), 8 North Somerset AC Senior 1:04:04 (Sarah Smith 19:50, Jo Gallagher 22:01, Katie Hooper 22:13), 9 North Somerset AC U20 “B” 1:07:34 (Sara Flower 20:44, Angharad Flower 24:29, Alys Withers 22:21).